A Bud Zimmer Fundamental School?
At Friday evening’s service for Bud Zimmer, aka Mr. Fundamental, his daughter dropped a hint that we’re sure has crossed other folks’ minds since Zimmer passed away Aug. 15.
Excellence in education “always meant so much to my father,” Melissa Pierce told about 300 people who gathered at Heritage United Methodist Church in Clearwater. “I would love for one day a high school to be named after him, or a fundamental school to be named in his honor. That would truly be amazing.”
St. Petersburg Times editorial writer Diane Steinle also praised Zimmer in Sunday’s paper:
“Today Pinellas has nine fundamental schools and more than 7,000 students enrolled in them. Many more students have completed their fundamental education here. And every one of them owes a debt of gratitude to Bud Zimmer, one person who focused on the fundamentals and devoted himself to what was most important, a better education for every child.”
Pinellas county commissioner and fundamental school backer Nancy Bostock, who also spoke at Zimmer's service, said she supports naming a school for Zimmer, and suspects the Fundamental Schools Advocacy Network (which Zimmer helped found last year) would, too.
Bostock noted that school board policy (section 7250) says schools can be named after an "outstanding civic or educational leader of local or national repute" after they've been deceased for at least one year. It also says an existing school cannot be renamed "unless the facility's program or use shall be changed." Bostock said FAN will "proceed cautiously."